Mia's fiancé, Oliver, is a landscape gardener who has been hired by the absent new owner to redesign the gardens of the Mansion – the only residence on the Island. Robert Breckt proves to be handsome and charismatic, able to charm strangers into getting into his car – and straight into danger. It is clear that there is much more to Robert Breckt than meets the eye, and he has Mia in his sights.
The three protagonists meet as Oliver describes his new plans for the new garden to Mia. Neither of them can understand why Mr Breckt insists on pulling out anything natural and replacing the current beauty of the gardens with a clinical and stylised design. His complaints embarrassingly overheard by Mr Breckt, Oliver's day gets even worse as he realises the strength of the physical attraction between Mr Breckt and Mia. Mia has a choice to make as both men hold her hand and try to pull her towards them. It's touch and go, but she lets go of Breckt – which clearly astonishes him.
By now it is pretty clear that Breckt is no ordinary man, he is vampire, and he wants Mia.
Then women start to go missing. Kate disappears, but she has been talking about just taking off one day for years, so no one is particularly worried. And when Hayley doesn't turn up to work, she is cursed for not calling in sick. Emma quits by text message. Mia seems to be having a strange effect on men – especially the ones new to town. She is uncomfortable and disturbed about the way her life has turned since she met Breckt, and is clinging tightly to her fiancé, Oliver, who is also behaving strangely.
Mr Breckt is as affected by Mia as she is by him. Breckt is here on a mission for his Queen to find 'special' humans – humans with abilities that they know nothing about. He is terrified that Mia may be one of these and that he will have to give her to his Queen rather than possessing her himself. Because he is determined to have her. Nobody has ever affected him this way before, and no one has ever told him 'no'. But he is not content with taking her, he goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure that she will choose to be with him. Both Mia and Oliver are in terrible danger.
Limerence is a wonderfully sensuous read. Sexy, sassy, suspenseful and exciting – in all sorts of ways – and very difficult to put down once you've started it.
I couldn't help but like Mia. Compassionate and full of self-doubt, her confusion about the effect Breckt has on her feels all too real, and is masterfully written. The sexual tension between Mia and Breckt is contrasted nicely with the frustration of all three main characters as nobody gets what they want, and Claire C Riley is able to write seduction and sensation so well, she seduces her readers.
There are some wonderful descriptions – the hangover scene is so well written, I actually felt a headache coming on as I read, and the scenes of Mia singing from both her point of view, then Breckt's are spectacular. The dynamics between all the characters are very plausible, and I think this really brings them all to life (even the vampire!).
The story builds to a great climax, with twists, intrigue and surprises along the way and left me hungry for more. Claire, please hurry with the sequel!
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